- World Surf League: Quiksilver Pro France Kicks Off at La Gravière in France
- The 9th stop on WSL Men's Championship, Quiksilver Pro France kicked off at La Gravière in France on October 12, 2017.
Round 1 and 2 ran in five-to-six foot good waves. This time, Marc Lacomare (FRA) participated in the event as a wildcard.
Top five in Jeep leaderboard, Jordy Smith (ZAF), John John Florence (HAW), Matt Wilkinson (AUS) advanced to directly Round 3. But ranking number 5 Owen Wright (AUS) lost in Heat2 of Round 1, he defeated Keanu Asing (HAW) with 13.60 points in Round 2, coming back to Round 3.
Surprise, wildcard Marc Lacomare took down ranking number 3 Julian Wilson (AUS) in Heat 1 of Round 2. Julian Wilson left the event early. This season is 2 events remaining the likes of MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal and Billabong Pipe Masters. He still has opportunity to take World Champion possible.
John John Florence battled against Italo Ferreira (BRA) in Heat 5, which was close game. Italo Ferreira earned 9.50 points with Air 360 degrees on the first wave, John John Florence answered with tube riding and aerial. Eventually, John John Florence won a with total of 15.67 points.
Also, 2-time winner of this season Filipe Toledo (BRA) was eliminated by Miguel Pupo (BRA) in Round 2.
Reigning World Champ John John Florence said;
"I didn't see his wave but I heard everyone freaking out and I knew it was a big score, he's always going to do something massive, especially in those conditions. I was starting to get my composure back towards the end of that heat and got a couple waves. It always feels so good to be out in competing in proper, real waves again."
Jeep leaderboard No.1 Jordy Smith said;
"It's got a lot of power out there I'm kind of psyched on the conditions, it's so buttery it's really nice when you get that open face you can really lay down some tracks. My boards are feeling really good, it's kind of the usual that I normally ride and when there's a bit more power in the waves my boards seem to love it, so I'm stoked."
Quiksilver Pro France Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 12.00, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10.77, Conner Coffin (USA) 6.33
Heat 2: Nat Young (USA) 11.00, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 9.17, Owen Wright (AUS) 7.20
Heat 3: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.77, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 12.50, Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.76
Heat 4: Ethan Ewing (AUS) 15.57, Caio Ibelli (BRA) 15.33, Julian Wilson (AUS) 9.13
Heat 5: John John Florence (HAW) 15.67, Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.60, Keanu Asing (HAW) 5.10
Heat 6: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.10, Marc Lacomare (FRA) 12.70, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 10.47
Heat 7: Joan Duru (FRA) 18.00, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 11.43, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 9.14
Heat 8: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.86, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.27, Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 13.26
Heat 9: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.20, Jack Freestone (AUS) 11.96, Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.40
Heat 10: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 12.74, Jadson Andre (BRA) 10.74, Connor O’Leary (AUS) 10.57
Heat 11: Ian Gouveia (BRA) 15.57, Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.27, Frederico Morais (PRT) 12.16
Heat 12: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 15.60, Kolohe Andino (USA) 10.63, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 10.60
Quiksilver Pro France Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 12.70 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.23
Heat 2: Owen Wright (AUS) 13.60 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 11.17
Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.97 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.00
Heat 4: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 12.27 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 8.50
Heat 5: Leonardo Fioravant (ITA) 14.60 def. Connor O'Leary (AUS) 11.87
Heat 6: Frederico Morais (PRT) 15.26 def. Jack Freestone (AUS) 11.37
Heat 7: Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.50 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.60
Heat 8: Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.20 def. Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 12.84
Heat 9: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
Heat 10: Jeremy Flores (FR) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA)
Heat 11: IConner Coffin (USA) vs. Caio Ibelli (BRA)
Heat 12: EBede Durbidge (AUS) 1vs. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
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- source : World Surf League